Lingotot launches socially distanced Forest School programme to provide children with foreign language classes
Children across the UK and beyond will soon have the opportunity to learn a new language in a fun, interactive Forest School environment, thanks to an innovative programme being launched by Lingotot.
The franchise business, which has been running since 2010, has grown from offering French lessons to children in the North-East of England to a multinational operation, providing the option of eight different languages, including Spanish, Mandarin and Italian.
Lingotot has continued to support children with interactive, engaging and child-centred online classes throughout lockdown and, with small groups now able to meet outside, can now expand its offering with Forest Schools.
As of this summer, children aged 0-12 will be able to join in the fun of learning a new language through songs, stories and play, in a range of natural settings, such as forests, woodland, school fields and parks, compliant with the government’s social distancing measures.
Lingotot’s founder and CEO, Angela Sterling, said: "We really miss our children all across the country! It's great seeing them in online classes but it's not quite the same as hearing them giggle and respond to a new language in real life. The programme will bring some much-needed education and a blast of fun into children's lives!”
The extra-curricular clubs are perfect for parents, as well as schools, nurseries and community settings, allowing children to engage in a foreign language from a young age, developing vital skills in a relaxed, natural environment. Lingotot classes can even be used as MFL PPA cover in schools.
With families having been apart throughout lockdown and foreign travel uncertain for this summer, parents, grandparents and carers are also encouraged to attend to share the experience with their children.
Sarah Canavan, Lingotot Bexley Franchisee, said: "I am over the moon that Lingotot HQ has created something we can teach outdoors. I know our parents and children miss our physical classes so much and this is something we can do whilst being socially distant once small groups are allowed.”
Ellie Norris, Mum to Esmé aged 3, added: "Thank you Lingotot for continuing to safely provide classes. We are both so excited for outdoor learning with Forest School and being reunited with our Lingotot buddies!"